I’m a film buff.
That’s a fact.
From arthouse to zombie horror to rom-com – I’ve seen a lot.
But, when someone asks me about my favourite there’s only one title that comes to mind. Which, as you’ve probably guessed by the title of this post, is Die Hard.
I’ve seen it more times than any other film. VHS, TV, DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix, Now TV etc…
The other night however, I saw it in a new light. I managed to acquire some tickets to watch it at a pop-up cinema.
And there, in the darkness and with no distractions, I found that I enjoyed it a whole lot more. As did the friends I was with.
The jokes were funnier. The action was more thrilling. Characters more defined. I could go on.
It taught me a lesson about being more in the moment and how, even your favourite thing, can be better if you give it your full attention.
Perhaps the only way I could enjoy it more would be if I wiped my memory of Die Hard (like ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’) and watched it like it was the first time.
I’ve also found that conversations with people I like are even better when you give them your full attention. It seems obvious, but it’s so easy to find your eye drawn to flashing phone notifications.